Sunday, August 10, 2008

Things Were Much Simpler Then...

Who in their mid-adulthood doesn't look back fondly on those summertime parties where you would gather 'round with your friends and either splash by their pool or sit in their faux-wood paneling-lined family room and watch the Brady Bunch or play Atari while gorging on dumb snacks like Rice Krispies Treats?

For those of us who have gone vegan, yearning was pretty much all we could do - Rice Krispies Treats are made with marshmallows.

"What's not vegetarian about marshmallows?" I hear shocked would-be hippies asking in unison. Well, they contain gelatin. Observe:
Jell-o, marshmallows, some gummy candies and other desserts are made using gelatine (or gelatin), which is produced by boiling the bones, skin and tendons of animals. So if you are serious about avoiding eating any animal derivatives, these desserts have to be taken off the menu. Luckily, there are alternatives to gelatine that are used by many manufacturers. Agar agar is derived from seaweed and the root of the Kuzu is also an effective substance. You can also look for products made with guar gum, carrageenan and pectin instead of gelatine. Gelatine can pop up in unexpected places (Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats is one example) so make sure to read labels diligently. (for the rest of this article, go here.)

I don't know about you, but I can't feel comfortable eating something that's made out of boiled pony ligaments. I'll steer clear, thank you.

These motherfuckers have it all. 100 calories, gluten free, organic, vegan, and just plain deee-licious. They taste just like their animal-byproduct-laden counterparts and are oh so much better for you and the rest of the animal kingdom.

So, if you're feeling nostalgic for the "good old days" when things were less complicated and a lot less shitty - buy a box of these bad boys and put on The Goonies. You will thank yourself for days to come.

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